Fischer, Margaret R.
Margaret Fischer was a lawyer and a Municipal University of Omaha Regent (1965-1968). Her law office was in the First National Bank Building in Downtown Omaha. She was born in Omaha, NE, and graduated from Central High School (1924) in Omaha. She received her B.A. (1928) in Art and a J.D. (1929) from the University of Omaha. She was a member of the Nebraska Bar Association, the Omaha Bar Association, the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of Trustees of Dana College (1964-1982) in Blair, NE. Margaret Fischer was selected by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor's Commission of the Status of Women as the 2011 UNO Legendary Woman.
“Margaret R. Fischer was a devoted and generous woman with an enthusiasm for life. Her long history with the university began when she attended Omaha University where she was Vice President of the Student Council graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1928. She then attended Omaha University Night Law School at the original Pratt Street campus, graduating in 1929. Margaret's association with the university continued throughout her life. She served as Vice President of the Omaha Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Regents. She received the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Alumni Achievement Award and was a member of the Honorary Order of the Tower in recognition of her service to the school.
“She gained prestige in a profession commonly considered the exclusive domain of men. One of the first Nebraska women to earn a law degree, she was a pioneer as a woman in the profession. Margaret announced in the 8th grade that she wanted to become a lawyer. She started working at her father's firm at age fourteen to become acquainted with the law. She was admitted to the bar in June of 1929.
“Margaret's integrity, honesty, generosity, and kindness allowed her to practice law in a very personal way. She truly loved her work and built a very successful practice. She continued to practice law full-time until her death at the age of eighty-two.”
Source: University of Nebraska at Omaha, "Margaret R. Fischer, 1906-1989," Legendary Women of UNO, 2011, http://www.unomaha.edu/legendarywomen/margaret/.
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Margaret R. Fischer was inducted into the Central High Alumni Association Hall of Fame on October 11, 2011, as a distinguished graduate, class of 1924. The wooden Hall of Fame plaque features a photograph and short biography of Fischer.